The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced seven outstanding engineering researchers as recipients of prestigious RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships.

The Fellowships, which are supported by the Leverhulme Trust, allow awardees to focus full-time on research by covering the costs of a replacement academic to take over their teaching and administrative duties for a year. Not only does this enable mid-career engineers to reinvigorate their research interests but it also gives a junior academic the opportunity to gain valuable teaching and administrative experience.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The UK is a centre for world-class engineering research, developing innovations that are of real benefit to society and the economy. However, as a researcher’s career develops it often results in more time spent on teaching and administrative duties than on developing personal research projects.

“The RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships have been created to address this issue and to give mid-career academics the chance to focus on research that is directly useful to industry and society.”

The projects proposed by the newly appointed Research Fellows cover a variety of engineering disciplines, and include new tools for in-depth study of DNA molecules; the design of highly sensitive, and selective, gas sensors using carbon nanomaterials; and the investigation of interactive, data-driven ways of communicating with autonomous systems.

The full list of 2017/18 Fellows are as follows:

  • Dr Riaz Akhtar, University of Liverpool
    A novel approach to identifying the risk of rare aortic diseases
  • Dr Ioannis Andreopoulos, UCL
    Compressed-domain deep learning for video (CODEL-VIDEO)
  • Dr Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University
    Intelligent iNteraCtion for Autonomy (INCA)
  • Dr Alton Horsfall, University of Newcastle
    Electronically readable Quantum sensors
  • Professor Mark Leake, University of York
    Studying the molecule of life using molecular engineering tools
  • Dr Aleksey Rozhin, Aston University
    Hybrid Photonic Gas Sensors with Functionalised Carbon Nanomaterials
  • Dr Jin Sun, University of Edinburgh
    4D printing using programmable soft materials: from rheology to technology

Details of researchers awarded RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships since 2012 are available on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s website.

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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